Davi Millsaps sustained a significant concussion and elbow injury when he crashed whilst testing in October, which will rule him out of the Monster Energy Supercross opener in January, so Monster Energy Knich Yamaha Factory Racing have been forced to hunt for a replacement. Justin Barcia, who just raced as a privateer at the Monster Energy Cup, has been drafted into the role for the first six rounds.
"We initially hoped that Davi's fractured elbow wouldn’t require surgery, but it's been a particularly difficult injury, so he had surgery last week in order to take care of some lingering issues," said Keith McCarty (the Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation). "We’re hopeful that the procedure will improve the timeline for his recovery. Davi’s injury still needs time to heal properly and we don’t want to risk making the situation worse by having him start the season when he is not completely ready. So, Justin Barcia has been contracted to race for what we anticipate will be the first six Monster Energy Supercross rounds. Anything beyond that is still dependent on Davi’s condition and his fitness to race."
"First of all, I wish Davi well in his recovery," added Justin Barcia. "This is a great opportunity for me, and I’m really happy to be back with Yamaha again, and especially to be racing for the Yamaha Factory team. I’m proud to have my number 51 on the brand-new 2018 YZ450F, and A1 can’t come soon enough for me."
In more Monster Energy Knich Yamaha Factory Racing news, Cooper Webb has started riding again after injuring his thumb at the MXGP of USA. Webb stated that his thumb gave him no issues at all.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ryne Swanberg